What are Human Rights?

Human rights are those rights which everyone should have, simply because they are human. All of us are entitled to Human Rights regardless of anything that makes us different. Everyone can claim human rights, despite:
– a different sex
– a different skin colour
– speaking a different language
– thinking different things
– believing in another religion
– owning more or less
– being born in another social group
– coming from another country
– and any other differences that may occur between us.
It also makes no difference whether the country you live in is independent or not.  Human rights are universal (meaning that they are applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone). These rights may exist as natural rights or as legal rights, in both national and international law.
But what is a right?
Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement. Rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. So at the core, rights are what you are able to do, and what should be done for you.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights tells us about all of the Human Rights that we are entitled to as human beings. The Declaration can be found here, in a document with both the original text and easier to understand language for all of the rights included.